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May 5, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - His two Kentucky Derby horses had been off the track and back in their stalls for an hour Wednesday morning. The day's work was done, but Bob Baffert was not inclined to leave, so the Hall of Fame trainer held court for a good hour. Even as the listeners dissipated to just a handful, Baffert kept talking, with or without questions. He was reliving his training life generally, his Derby life specifically - Cavonnier's nose loss in 1996 when he was sure he would never get another chance, the three wins in six years from 1997 to 2002, the terrible disappointment with Point Given in 2001.
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May 4, 2015 | Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Everybody at the Daily News has Stan Hochman stories. Mine, naturally, involves the racetrack. I met Stan at the 1984 Preakness at Pimlico. I was covering horse racing for an eight-month-old all-sports paper in Baltimore, my hometown. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was the perfect place to learn and make mistakes because nobody noticed for a very simple reason: Nobody was buying the paper. It was right after the Preakness post-position draw. I was asking questions/making suggestions to John Parisella, who trained a longshot named Fight Over.
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May 1, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When you have a contender, the longer the Kentucky Derby post-position draw goes with your horse either not having a number or the 1 post not having been assigned, you get nervous. Bob Baffert was nervous for several long minutes late yesterday afternoon in the Aristides Room at Churchill Downs. And then he wasn't. Favored American Pharoah drew the 18 post, second choice Dortmund got the 8 and now Baffert, who trains them both, just has to wait until 6:34 p.m. Saturday.
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May 1, 2015 | Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PHONE rang, as it does dozens of times a day, but this call was different. It was a bustling afternoon here in the office, I remember that much. This particular conversation, however, I will never forget. It was Feb. 5, a Thursday, and Stan Hochman was calling in to check with the sports editor about some bit of business or another. I just happened to answer the phone. "Eddie," Stan said with that unmistakable raspy voice, "I got our Derby winner. But hold yer ticket.
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May 1, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - If you do not have a betting interest in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, root for International Star. With 20 horses come 20 stories about the people who are around the horse. None is better than the story of Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the husband and wife team for 57 years who decided late in life to chase a horse racing dream and have beaten the odds in every way but one. The Ramseys grew up in Artemus, Ky. (pop. 500), down in the southeastern part of the state. Ken was a truck driver, which he parlayed into owning a trucking company followed by a real estate business and a bunch of cell towers.
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May 1, 2015
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As the favorites kept winning all the prep races, the winners kept running faster and five of the major contenders ran 13 times this year without losing, I began to think this Kentucky Derby field might be one of the best in the last 30 years. I do not think that anymore. I know it. This is not like last year, when it was California Chrome and all the others. American Pharoah, the 2-year-old champion, will be a deserving favorite. If he beats this field as he has won his other four races (a combined 22 lengths)
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April 30, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kaleem Shah's father cautioned him against getting involved in horse racing. Majeed, a legendary trainer in India who won that country's Triple Crown and the same Indian stakes race 11 straight years, understood the 24/7 grind that is the game on the ground. So the father, who was orphaned at 10, told the son to get an education and a profession and then, later in life, when he was a bit more comfortable, maybe buy a few horses, turn them over to a really good trainer and see what might happen.
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April 27, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sitting at a reserved table at Parx Racing in Bensalem, waiting for the beef brisket lunch special and a couple of races in which he had horses running, Chuck Zacney swiped his phone a few times, and the 2005 Preakness Stakes appeared, horses in the gate. "I probably still watch five or six times a year," Zacney said as the race unfolded on his phone. It began as an idea among friends, Eagles fans, at the Super Bowl in Jacksonville in February 2005. They liked to bet horses, Zacney said, so why not throw some money together and buy a couple?
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November 4, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ARCADIA, Calif. - The three horses were racing as a team for the final 200 yards of horse racing's $5 million season-ending championship race, the Pennsylvania Derby winner in front, an English horse making his first start on dirt continuing his race-long challenge and the Kentucky Derby winner rolling on the outside, poised, it appeared, to give 2014 the perfect ending it deserved. It was the moment the 63,114 at Santa Anita had been hoping for: Their state's horse, California Chrome, ready to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, bring clarity to the racing season and give credibility to the sport's winter/spring star with an autumn moment to remember.
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October 31, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ARCADIA, Calif. - The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, America's richest race, is typically run almost exactly 6 months after America's most important race, the Kentucky Derby. In the early days of the Breeders' Cup, which began in 1984, Derby winners were prominent among Classic winners. Who can forget Tom Durkin's wonderful 1987 Classic call, "the Derby winners hit the wire together" when 1986 Derby winner Ferdinand held off 1987 Derby winner Alysheba. The great Alysheba won the 1988 Classic.
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